The congregation resource kit for the Reformation celebration contains downloadable materials to promote your congregation’s observation of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The kit includes bulletin announcements, bulletin blurbs, social media memes, posters, a newspaper article, an op-ed article, a church newsletter article, and a banner template. Many of these resources can be customized to include your congregation’s name and contact information.
How To Guide
Start with the How to Guide for descriptions of the items in the kits and ideas on how to use them!
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Bulletin blurbs and inserts are included to be reproduced and placed in your worship bulletin.
The bulletin inserts are longer, designed to be half-page inserts into your bulletin.
- “You ARE saved by works. …”
- “You can read the Bible on your phone because of Luther. …”
- “Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide. Solus Christus. …”
- “You still aren’t good enough for God’s love. …”
- “Baptism saves. …”
- “The Lord’s Supper accomplishes something. …”
- “Crux sola est nostra theologia. …”
- “Forgiveness is free — but not cheap. …”
- “Augsburg Confession …”
- “Diet of Worms. …”
- “The entire Christian life is one of repentance. …”
- “Lutheran theology brings joy. …”
The blurbs are short enough to be copied and pasted into the announcement section of your bulletin, or wherever makes sense in your situation.
Download Bulletin Blurbs
Church Newsletter Article/Blurbs
Newsletter articles in varying lengths are included for your church newsletter. They are customizable to fit your congregation and situation.
Download Church Newsletter Article
One way to help the community learn about your congregation is to sponsor a sporting or cultural event, seasonal festival/celebration, 4-H activity, booth at the county fair, or something else. You can then advertise any event(s) pertaining to the Reformation anniversary celebration at your church.
This poster is designed in two sizes, 8½ by 11 and 11 by 17 inches, for display in the community to advertise events at your congregation or the Reformation anniversary in general. Look for visible, high-traffic places to hang the poster, such as trailheads, community bulletin boards, grocery stores, the library, coffee shops, etc.
Pay for ads in local newspapers and event programs. We have provided a graphic that will enhance your newspaper ad.
Local newspapers are often open to article submissions. An article for the local paper is included here. The article can be tailored to your situation, and the contact information for your congregation can be added to encourage people to call/visit/ask questions. Contact the religion editor at your local paper to find out how to submit an article. With your article you should include any pertinent pictures as well as a suggested headline.
Download Newspaper Article
Newspaper Op-Ed Article
An op-ed article is also included. Often newspapers will allow people to publish op-ed pieces that express an opinion about an event relevant to the community or time.
Download Newspaper Op-Ed Article
Banner (8’ x 3’)
The banner design can be sent to a printer and hung outside your church to advertise and attract visitors to upcoming and special events.
Social Media Memes
Social media memes are included for use on your congregation’s social media page(s). You can post them in your news feed.
Reformation Talking Points
The celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation brings rejoicing, but it also serves as a catalyst for questions. These talking points are designed to prepare you to answer common questions about Martin Luther and the Reformation.